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COVID-19 Pandemic and The Way Forward



Greetings from BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. The Covid19 pandemic has created havoc across the world. With millions of deaths and morbidities came a flood of misinformation on this issue from both scientific and lay sources. Economy has been devastated in many parts of the world. As members of academic society we have a duty to spread the right information to all sections of the society. Therefore, we have planned to hold this two-day symposium to hear the truths and only the truths from the most dependable sources. The Department of Biological Sciences BITS Pilani Goa Campus with The Serum Institute of India, Pune and The Roseman University of Health Sciences, USA invites you to Covid 19 Pandemic and The Way Forward (16th to 17th September, 2022) a symposium to understand the truth about the worst pandemic in our life time. The confirmed speakers are the most neutral experts in this field. The two-day symposium will definitely make you feel more confident to face the virus without fear.


The Speakers


Professor of Microbiology, Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College

Gagandeep Kang is known for her inter-disciplinary research studying the transmission, development and prevention of enteric infections and their sequelae in children in India.

Dr. Matta is currently, focusing on various aspects of surface and ground water quality monitoring, quality indexing, science communication, green auditing and toxicological assessment.


Founding Director- Foundation for People centric Health systems, New Delhi, India.

Former Indian medical Doctor

World Health Organization

Chandrakant Lahariya is a leading Indian medical doctorvaccines expertpublic health & policy expert and acclaimed writer. 

Health Policy Consultant- UNESCO, New Delhi, India

Dr. Kaushik Bharati's major research areas include Virology, Public Health, and Health Policy.

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Director of R&D, Serum Institute of India, Pune

Director of the Research and Development in the Serum Institute. He is basically focusing on the new vaccine development, regulation and international partnerships.

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, USA. Adjunct faculty, JSS, AHER,

Mysuru, India.

Prof. Mandal's area of expertise is in Cellular immunology and vaccine research.

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Pulmonologist, Doctor, Goa

Dr Mehndiratta is a senior pulmonologist and has made an exceptional name for himself in Goa. 

MBBS | M.S (General Surgery) | FICS ( Oncology )

Fellow of International College of Surgeons in Oncology.

Ex-Chairman - Goa Medical Council.

President- GOKARMA Oncology Association



16 September 2022 (Friday)

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and inaugural event

10:00 - 11:00

Speaker 1 : Dr. Gagandeep Kang

11:00 - 11:15

Tea break

11:15 - 12:15

Speaker 2 : Prof. Manas Mandal

12:15 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 16:00

Speaker 3 : Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya      Speaker 4 : Dr. Gagan Matta

16:00 - 16:15

Tea break

16:15 - 17:00

Panel Discussion

Symposium Dinner 

17 September 2022 (Saturday)

10:00 - 11:00

Speaker 5 : Dr. Umesh Shaligram & Serum Institute of India (The Way Forward)

11:00 - 11:15

Tea break

11:15 - 12:15

Speaker 6 : Dr. Kaushik Bharati

12:15 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:00

Speaker 7 : Dr. Anil Mehndiratta

15:00 - 16:00

Panel Discusion / Concluding Remarks

16:00 - 16:30

High Tea

The Venue

Seminar hall, D block

Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus

NH17B, Sancoale, Goa

PIN: 403726

The Venue
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